September 11, 2018
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church
2001 W. Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 582-9537
“A day to remember…”

“In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness.” -Ecclesiastes 7:15
“There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless. So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.” – Eccl. 8:14-15

On this particular day, I can’t help but reflect on the tragic events of September 11, those 17 years ago. I was preparing to leave for California to begin my third year of Seminary when the news came that planes had crashed into the World Trade Center buildings. My mother and I were driving to Pasadena the next day and then she was scheduled to fly home the 14 th . She could not fly home, as all flights were canceled, and she had to take a bus back to Washington. It was terrifying, not knowing when or where another attack might occur. Today, we remember the ones who died and we reflect on life. The writer of Ecclesiastes ponders the meaningful questions of life and the events that we experience and determines that much of it is meaningless. The same author who writes the incredible poetry of “there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven” also writes, “everything is meaningless!” 

This passage from Ecclesiastes 8 reflects how I feel on this day of remembering, some who are righteous suffer incredible pain and get what the wicked deserve. While the wicked seem to get what the righteous deserve. But then the author reminds us that even in the meaninglessness of life, we should enjoy the small pleasures, to eat and drink and be merry (as the KJV states). God wants us to work for justice and righteousness. Jesus challenged people to be perfect and then ate and drank with sinners. God calls us to live justly and love mercy and walk humbly with God. God desires that we are ambassadors of reconciliation and that Jesus is the Prince of peace. AND God wants us to enjoy the blessings of the life we are given.

Remember, friends, those who died. Remember the brave ones who sacrificed their lives to save others. Remember the members of the military who continue to fight far from home a war that continues in Afghanistan. And celebrate and enjoy the life that we are given. Give your kids an extra hug tonight. Give your loved one an especially meaningful word or kiss or gesture of love, because we do not know what tomorrow brings. We do not know how many tomorrows we will have in this life. Then have a great meal, a good drink, and share a laugh.  “So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.” – Eccl. 8:15

Gracious God, thank you for today. Comfort those who grieve and who remember past pain which can never be erased, but which you can redeem. Give us opportunity to enjoy this life and share those blessings with the people around us. Amen.

~Rev. Hanna Peterson Shearer

Sunday, September 16, 2018

8:30 am - Contempory Worship
11:00 am - Classic Worship

Sermon: "Beauty is Only Skin Deep"
Preaching: Rev. Hanna Peterson Shearer
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I am so excited to meet all of you this Sunday! I finally get to join you all and see how things are done! I hope that you can make it for the Sunday school hour! 

With much excitement, 
Director of Children and Family Ministries 
3rd Sunday Intercessory Prayer
10:15 am - Sanctuary

  1. Beginning of school - kids and staff
  2. Beginning of church Youth Programs
  3. Beginning of Adult Education
  4. Those suffering from illness and/or pain
Upcoming Events
Our next Kennewick Community Blood Drive is Thursday, Sept. 13 from noon to 5:00 p.m. in the First Pres Center. You can schedule an appointment to donate blood by calling 1-800-733-2767; register on-line at; or walk-ins are always welcome. As always, we can use donations of cookies and desserts, along with fixings for our baked potato bar for our donors. Please sign up at the Information Table. Thanks!  
Habitat for Humanity Work Day Sept 15

Still interested in serving Habitat for Humanity on Sept 15? It's not too late to sign up! Just pick up a volunteer application on the information island or download at , and return to Pastor Ashley. For more information, contact Pastor Ashley or Mission Elder Michael Kintner-Meyer.
Cub Scouts from Pack 148 will be selling popcorn on Sunday, September 23 from 9:30 - 11:00 am in the Narthex.

Come out and support our Cub Scouts!
Groups and Classes
"Gideon - Your weakness. God's STRENGTH", by Priscilla Shirer

Begins September 12
9 - 11 am
Room 109

Questions: Call Shirley Telligman


Are you an ordained elder or deacon in the PCUSA who would like to make a difference in the lives of our homebound members? Consider being trained to be a homebound communion server! A training session will be held on Thursday, Sept 13 at 7 pm in the Conference Room and again on Sunday, Sept 16 at 9:45 am in the Fireside Room. You only need to attend one session. Contact Pastor Ashley to sign up to attend. 
SMALL GROUPS: Interested in joining a small group this fall? Pick up a small group interest form on the Information Table and return to Pastor Ashley by September 16. Information included on the form can also be emailed to

Come join us every Thursday at
10 am - Library
Facilitated by Pastor Hanna
Adult Education Offerings Fall 2018

500 Years of Reformation and Counting ...
Sundays 9:45 - 10:45 am
Room 109

Over the last two years, we've studied the lives and impact of the reformers. We will continue this fall studying the historical and impactful events that led to the development and publication of the King James' Bible in 1611. We'll meet up again with some names that are familiar from our earlier studies plus some new lives. The King James' Bible has had not only a tremendous influence within the community of faith but has also impacted literature, art, theater, education and more. Join us for this exciting DVD series in room 109 from September 9 thru October 28. Facilitated by Sylvia Harris

Growing Young
6 Essential Strategies to help young people discover and love your church
Sundays, 9:45 am - Library

Please join our conversation on Growing Young during the Christian Education hour each Sunday at 9:45am in the Library. We are learning about how other successful congregations have welcomed and received young people into the life of their churches. In a time when the majority of congregations are shrinking and aging, these churches are thriving and growing with younger generations. Small shifts may be the answer, and you can be part of the journey! Please join us!

Midweek: Adult Ed - Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 PM
Starting September 19, 2018

Hospitality with Immigrants and Refugees (Sept 19 – Oct 3) – There are more refugees in the world today than at any point in human history. Does the Bible have anything to say about issues like this? Does the church have any opportunity to be a witness for the gospel in the face of such overwhelming problems? The answer is yes. Using material created by the Christian organization World Relief, we will explore the Biblical mandate to welcome and care for the stranger; and discuss why there are so many refugees, the process through which some make it to the USA, and how churches are ideally suited to welcome the stranger, befriend refugees and immigrants, and help them thrive…without getting caught in partisan politics. Then, on Oct 3, we will hear from a member of the Tri Cities World Relief staff about what World Relief is doing locally here in the Tri Cities and how people of faith can get involved. Join us in Rm 109 on Sept 19 & 26, and in the Main Sanctuary on Oct 3. Facilitated by Pastor Ashley. 
September 18, 2018
12:00 pm
Presenter: Alta Thomas
"Quilts, quilts, quilts!"
Best Years meets in the First Pres Center for a potluck lunch and program the 3rd Tuesday of the month. This group was formed for those who are retired but everyone is welcome!

If you enjoy fellowship, great food and interesting programs, circle the date on your calendar and join us. Potluck starts at 12:00 sharp.

Bring your own table service. Couples bring a hot dish and a salad or dessert. Singles bring one item (hot dish, salad or dessert).
Meets at 9:30 am in the South Alcove. The Circle meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month from Sept. 11 - May 14, 2019.

Study: God's Promise "I am with you."

We always welcome visitors and guests. If you have any questions please contact Marje Kaspar at 509-619-0769.
Several volunteers are needed to help our programs. Follow the link to see where you may be able to fit in.
Reminder to please secure any door you go through and especially if you are the last one out. It takes all of us to keep our church secure.
FALL CLEANUP - Mark your calendar!
Saturday, November 17, 2018
8 am - noon

Spudniks, coffee and orange juice will be provided.

Please bring rakes, work gloves, and any other tool needed to help with the cleaning ,
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